2013 Shows

It’s a case that has made headlines and rattled the tight-knit city of Steubenville, Ohio: Two high school football players are accused of raping a 16-year-old girl while partying in August 2012, and some community members are accusing authorities of conducting a lax investigation in order to protect the football program. The case recently garnered national media attention after a video, showing a teenage boy joking about the rape, was leaked online by Anonymous, a loosely associated group of Internet hackers. Ma'lik Richmond and Trenton Mays, both 16, have been charged with rape and are awaiting trial as juveniles -- but some critics believe the teens should be tried as adults and that more students should be charged. Dr. Phil talks to community members about the controversial investigation and how social media is playing a part. Tune in and decide for yourself: Are city leaders trying to protect the town’s beloved football program, or is justice being served?

Find out what happened on the show.
Replied By: l3obdp on Jan 17, 2013, 4:27PM
The moms true colors came out. It took Dr Phil to point out to her that, in her effort to support her agenda to take the spot light off the boys in the school, she threw the VICTIM under the bus, and implied she was a liar just to clear her town. So her idea of truth is talking over someone that is raising the red flag of personal agendas over getting justice for a VICTIM. 

Her boy has that team spirit, he's got the back of his buddy, right, wrong or indifferent, he's willing to imply the VICTIM is lying without realy knowing the truth. It's no wonder the town is being criticized, there doesn't seem to be empathy for the VICTIM.

And then there's the attorney. His job is to get perpetrator off the charges without regard for the truth. If he has to lie, manipulate, misconstrue and distroy the reputation of an innocent girl to get his client of, that's just part of the job.

Where is the concern for the girl???? I don't see it in this mother.
Replied By: bluerabbit on Jan 17, 2013, 4:24PM - In reply to leahdaisyd
Also, blaming a girl who may have been drugged against her will (it does happen whether it did here or not) is outrageous. We do not have enough information. Girls might feel safe because they would never drink that much. Maybe she didn't. Whose word do we have at this point? Girls, you are not safe with sociopaths who consider you objects. Girls need to see the tape of these guys. They need to hear what they are saying from their own mouths. I know they weren't the ones who did it, but their attitudes are instructive. Teens will not listen to adults. It's their job to break away. They will listen to each other, though.
Replied By: bluerabbit on Jan 17, 2013, 4:19PM - In reply to gmasees
I am so sorry to hear this. So glad she has you to support her.

That this continues is an indictment of our culture.

Success is the best revenge.

Replied By: canyouhearme on Jan 17, 2013, 4:19PM - In reply to wilesmary
I am so sorry that happened to you.  Social media didn't have to be present because in a small town "word of mouth" travels faster and that is why you and your parents left your hometown to have some privacy and peace of mind.  You are so right about the small town players getting away with a lot and looked at as stars.  All these small towns are like that and it's really disgusting.  I, too, hope the people responsible for this will get the consequences of their actions that are due them.
Replied By: irwin1 on Jan 17, 2013, 4:18PM - In reply to redbud73086
Football is king and the fact that this is not in adult court shows how bad it is.
Replied By: drphils_shrink on Jan 17, 2013, 4:18PM
It wouldn't be a good thing for me or my family.  Although I think Anonymous went too far in naming a suspect or two that really was not present at the party, they did a good thing!  When sports are all your town has, beware!  Only bad things happen!  If these perps get away with the rape, they had better be looking over their shoulders.  There would be hell to pay if it were my daughter or sister.
Replied By: canadagirl22 on Jan 17, 2013, 4:17PM
Normally a fan of Dr. Phil I am not impressed with this episode. The entire focus was on the town and the football players not one person showed concern for the victim and what she is going through. We heard all about the "poor" football players and how they are being treated but I can only imagine what the victim is being put through in her situation and who the alleged perpetrators are. These parents need to step up and admit that their children are doing things they should not be and they obviously need to be paying more attention to whats going on around them.
Replied By: kvegas7 on Jan 17, 2013, 4:16PM
I am so appalled hearing about this Steubenville, Ohio rape case . I know that town and how things can be and its true if your successful in sports you get away with everything. My heart goes out to that poor girl involved and all the young men joking about it or in the pictures should all be put in jail and tried as adults. If your old enough to make immature decisions like that then you should not be given juvenile treatment. Let them sit in jail with murderers an convicts and feel what its like to be manhandled like that poor girl. Steubenville...a nice town? Ya have you read up on the crime in that town. You do NOT cross that bridge from WV to Ohio. Stop sugar coating that community. Ya i feel for the other people who were not involved and the community receiving the hate mail but at the end of the day OPEN YOUR EYES, what ANONYMOUS did was not wrong and if this story wasn't getting national headlines those boys guarantee no doubt would of been let free. The mother ranting and raving she looks ridiculous. I understand you are standing up for your son but you took what the specialist was saying to a whole another level and how dare you say the victim may be lieing. There are videos and pictures to prove what happened that night and when you get a few drinks in you that will alter anyones mind and make them do things out of character. I hope the justice system does not give any leniency to this case.
Replied By: judypa3888 on Jan 17, 2013, 4:16PM
The boy who made the comments about rape and she was dead; should be villafied. Hateful remarks are made with the intent to encourage those who were saying it was wrong. He is not ashamed of what he said, he is just afraid because he was caught and people see what an ugly spirited person he is.

The comments the boy made, hurts peoples hearts and affect people. His intent was to say hurtful remarks to affect people. It shouldn't be treated as it was just name calling.

The mother of the boy who said he didn't beleive his friends did it, is someone that can't be trusted. She likes to live in a state of denial, if her son did anything wrong, she wouldn't want to know. This woman has been living on a pedestal, her son is a big football player. She doesn't want being down at the same level as other people.

I loved the prosecutor standing up to her.

Football players are treated as though they are superior to people who make good grades. It's a facade.

I beleive this, because I was a teen who dated one of the most popular boys in school, I was in the loop. I heard the conversations. I didn't like their conversations, but I was afraid to say anything, because I didn't have anyone to defend me.They think they should be untouchable.

Replied By: jai0629 on Jan 17, 2013, 4:15PM - In reply to canyouhearme
I hope you guys go to jail for a long time.
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